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In the Middle of the Future Tom Plate on Asia

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For almost two decades, the columns of journalist Tom Plate have been featured in leading newspapers of the world and have focused entirely on one gigantic subject - the dynamic rise of Asia. Now, for the first time, the best of these columns has been organized into a substantial anthology, annotated with personal comments by Professor Plate, who is also the author of the best-selling 'Giants of Asia' book series. Unpublished material also enlivens the collection with vivid backstories. The net effect is a compelling and sprawling portrait of the last two decades of Asia resurgence by America's only Asia-only columnist. Embed link below :

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. With Warm Appreciation and Respect For
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction: About The Column Los Angeles: Birthplace of a New Journalism on Asia
  7. Asia And America: The case of America’s coming future shock
  8. Part One: 1995 – 1998
    1. 001. Asia and America: The case of the misdirected superpower
    2. 002. South Korea: The case of the missing tour stop
    3. 003. Japan: The case of the unworthy summit
    4. 004. Seoul: The case of the exploding metropolis
    5. 005. China and Taiwan: The case of the dangerous close call
    6. 006. China and America: The case of the talkative ambassador
    7. 007. America and Asia: The case of the reprogrammed secretary
    8. 008. Hong Kong: The case of the elegant lady
    9. 009. Singapore: The case of the misunderstood strongman
    10. 010. America Versus Asia and the World: The case of the uncivilized clash
    11. 011. China and the U.S.: The case of the toy store shoppers
    12. 012. Malaysia: The case of the love-hate premier
    13. 013. Hong Kong Handover: The case of the reluctant governor
    14. 014. Hong Kong Handover Part II: The case of the shameless democracy salesman
    15. 015. Hong Kong Handover Part III: The case of the insensitive media invaders
    16. 016. Thailand: The case of the easily frightened fireman
    17. 017. Washington: The case of the mean money police
    18. 018. Japan: The case of the preaching papa
    19. 019. World Markets: The case of the doubting economist
    20. 020. America: The case of the runaway China scare
    21. 021. The Koreas: The case of the steadfast man of peace
    22. 022. Asia: The case of an exasperated region
    23. 023. Washington: The case of the hard-hearted banker
  9. Part Two: 1999 – 2002
    1. 024. Asian Economies: The case of the mis-designed freeway
    2. 025. American Leadership: The case of the globalization pitchmen
    3. 026. China Scare: The case of the spies who never love us
    4. 027. Australia: The case of the regional prize fighter
    5. 028. Hong Kong: The case of picking bones from the egg
    6. 029. Indonesia: The case of the non-innocent bystander
    7. 030. China Spying: Fine line between prudence and paranoia
    8. 031. Asian Anxiety: Coping with the unseen enemy
    9. 032. Japan: The case of the humble workaholic
    10. 033. U.S. Regroups: The case of the unusually quiet American
    11. 034. Indonesia: The case of the military that had its own country
    12. 035. U.S. Media: The case of the blind seeing-eye dog
    13. 036. Japan: The case of death by overwork
    14. 037. China Versus Taiwan: The case of the six replies from Shanghai
    15. 038. Melbourne: The case of the moated hotel
    16. 039. South Korea: The case of the bushwacked president
    17. 040. Australia: The case of a downer who was always an upper
    18. 041. Japan: The case of the PM in his prime
    19. 042. America: The case of the shaken-up nation
    20. 043. World View: The case of the year of hate
    21. 044. Malaysia: The case of the doctor with bitter medicine in his bag
    22. 045. Taiwan Tension: The case of loose lips sinking ships
    23. 046. The Koreans: The case of the people who needed to play
    24. 047. America: The case of the nation that knows it’s right
  10. Part Three: 2003 – 2006
    1. 048. China and Japan: The case of the ever-swinging pendulum
    2. 049. World Markets: The case of the untamable leviathan
    3. 050. Islam: The case of the winning biggest loser
    4. 051. World Trade: The case of the ambitious negotiators
    5. 052. China: The case of the second elephant in the room
    6. 053. The United Nations: The case of the unrespected president
    7. 054. Asia Media: The case of the martyred journalists
    8. 055. Human Rights: The case of war as child’s play
    9. 056. New York: The case of the delayed reaction
    10. 057. Human Rights: The case of the woman’s touch
    11. 058. Asian Governance: The case of the communicating politician
    12. 059. America: The case of the deep-thinking submarine commander
    13. 060. Taiwan: The case of the gambling president
    14. 061. Critique of America: The case of the ignorant electorate
    15. 062. Asian Women: The case of the lonely non-housewives
    16. 063. Hong Kong: The case of the gentleman caught in the middle
    17. 064. Islam: The spy who was nothing but bold
    18. 065. Vietnam: The case of the most charming ‘communist’
    19. 066. Sri Lanka: The case of the man who knew too much
    20. 067. India: The case of the nuclear passage
    21. 068. Myanmar: The case of women imprisoned by men
    22. 069. Comparative Media: The case of ideological opposites
    23. 070. China: The case of the fainting translator
    24. 071. The Media: The case of the all too sweet sixteen
    25. 072. China Versus the U.S.: The case of the annoying messengers
    26. 073. Asia Rising: The case of the quiet but ambitious Korean
  11. Part Four: 2007 – 2013
    1. 074. Japan: The case of the prime minister in denial
    2. 075. India: The case of the turban-topped economist
    3. 076. China: The case of the undiplomatic diplomat
    4. 077. World Economy: The case of ominous man from Omaha
    5. 078. Australia: The case of the schoolmaster’s rebuke
    6. 079. Indonesia: The case of the quiet president
    7. 080. China Versus Hong Kong: The case of too much caution, not enough lust
    8. 081. Pakistan: The case of an Asian iron lady
    9. 082. Asia: The case of the proposed China model
    10. 083. Vietnam: The case of the shopaholic negotiator
    11. 084. Japan: The case of the effective enigma
    12. 085. Taiwan: The case of the more accommodating partner
    13. 086. China: The case of the active Chinese seniors
    14. 087. America: The case of learning from Japan
    15. 088. China: The case of the unflappable analyst
    16. 089. North Korea: The case of the straying young journalists
    17. 090. China: The case of arms across the sea
    18. 091. Thailand: The case of a country still ailing from coup
    19. 092. Indonesia: The case of the secret admirers
    20. 093. China: The case of the thoughtful American
    21. 094. World Politics: The case of the true relativity of judgment
    22. 095. Singapore: The case of the sage of Southeast Asia
    23. 096. China: The case of a philosophical difference
    24. 097. China and the U.S.: The case of the revengeful newspaper
    25. 098. Asians in the U.S.: The case of the ‘Tiger Moms’
    26. 099. North Korea: The case of the very odd wedding
    27. 100. Hong Kong: The case of the dawn of The Asian Century
  12. Final Thoughts: Toward a New Journalism on Asia
  13. Giving Thanks
  14. Index
  15. About the Author